Settling For Peanuts v. Reaching For Greatness

Lets face it, we don’t live in the easiest economy. Sure, employment rates are slowly increasing as more and more jobs are slowly being created. The number of resumes being send it is flooding employment agencies, corporations and businesses. Each day, thousands of employers walk in the door knowing they are going to be inundated and overwhelmed with reviewing resumes. With so many ‘highly’ qualified candidates and so little time, how does an employer select the ‘cream of the crop’ of candidates for an interview? The answer lies in how the candidate allows themselves to ‘stand out’.

There are a few simple strategies that will set yourself apart as an unemployed candidate to a valued employee:

1) Resumes and applications: How many resumes and applications you send out a day will increase your chances of being considered for an interview. Often times, employment sites and job posts look for ‘key’ words as you apply in determining if you are a ‘suitable’ candidate for the employer’s available position. How accurate and precise you are with your wording is everything. Make sure you are using spell check. Often when words are misspelled, an employer may disqualify you from their candidate pool. Make sure that there are no run-on sentences or that your words or sentences, repeat themselves. Sum up and convey all points in a direct fashion. Use simple language that is easy to understand. Look online at examples of ‘trigger’ or ‘key’ words to describe your transferable skills that market who you are. You need to be able to sell yourself on why you are the most valuable candidate for nomination. Employers want to see how much you want the position and they should be nervous if they don’t qualify you!
Also, make sure that your resume is updated, has the correct dates, and is in a format that is stream-lined and easy for review. Most interviews spend less than 30 seconds looking at your resume; make it worth their time in consideration.

2) Follow-up: The fortune is in the follow-up. Once you fill out the application, are you doing anything to research and learn about the company and how it handles procedure? Do you show that you care about the position you have applied for? Do you try to learn how they desire to be followed-up with? Those that are persistent and follow-up show the potential employer that they are ‘most’ serious about the position. Don’t be relentless and over-bearing, but demonstrate that you are a key player who deserves to be hired.

3) Dress: When selected for an interview do you dress to impress? This is an interview, presentation is everything initially. If you are showing up in jeans and a t-shirt don’t expect that an employer is going to hire you. Put on your best suit or business attire. Show that you are clean, neat in appearance. Don’t go in with the last outfit you picked up off your floor. Take time to shower and press and iron your clothing. Shine your shoes and brush your hair. Show that you have pride in your appearance and that you, as a candidate, would represent the company well, even if it’s for a job in the food industry or retail, for example.

4) Word of mouth: Most companies and businesses are hiring by word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family as to who they know that may be hiring. See if you can get an informational interview or have a meeting with the head of the department or agency, most directors or heads are more than happy to meet with you and share their experience, you never know where this will lead.

5) Thank You: When showing up for an interview, are you writing a thank you card as a follow-up to the interview? Are you letting the potential interviewer know that you appreciate their time spent with you? People desire to be thought of as special and important, this includes the interviewer who interviews you. Make it worth their time that they interviewed you, this will go along way in considering you for the position.

6) Questions: Make sure you ask questions of the one interviewing you. This shows that you put time and thought into the position. Asking questions is a good way to show that you did your company research and prepared for the interview. Asking questions also demonstrates that you have knowledge and are careful to pay attention to the greatest of details.

7) Minding P’s and Q’s: Employers research your personal background, this includes all of your social media connections. Make sure that your facebook or other social media tools reflect your true character as a person. Clean up your wall, your about section, and avoid the pitfalls by removing any friends or pictures that are inappropriate. Make sure that any references or referrals you give are solid references that will speak highly of your credentials and who you are. Make sure you choose those that will represent you wisely and make sure that their contact information is up to date. Let these references know ahead of time that you will be requesting them to represent you as contacted.

8) Cover letter: Make sure that you have a cover letter that highlights who you are in one paragraph or less. Let them know why they should interview you for their position. This will make a difference as to whether or not they will even review your resume. This makes you look polished and prepared for potentially meeting them for an interview.

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